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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hanks, Dennis F. 'Dennis F. Hanks to William H. Herndon' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
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182. Dennis F. Hanks to William H. Herndon [1].

Aprail the 2nd 1866

Dennis F. Hanks was Born in Hardin County on the Tributary Branch of the South fork of Nolin on the old Richard Creal farm in the old peach orchard in a Log cabin 3 miles from Hagans Ville thence we moved to Murcer County and

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Staid there a Bout 3 years and moved Back a gain to the Same place and there Remained until we moved to Spencer County Indiana This was I think in the year 1816 if my Memory Serves Me rite. My Mother and Abe's Mothers Mother war Sisters My Mothers Name was Nancy Hanks Abes Grand Mother was Lucy Hanks which was my Mothers Sister the woman that Raised me was Elizabeth Sparrow the Sister of Lucy and Nancy The other Sister hir name was polly Friend so you See that there was four Sisters that was Hankses

I have No Letter from my friends yet — I dont No the Reason Billy Did you write to William Hall in Missouri Frankford I think he could tell you Sumthing that would Be Rite. He is my half Brother try him

William I have Seen a Book which States that Lincolns ware a quakers I Say this is Mistake they war Baptist, all this talk about their Riligious talk is a humbug they try to Make them out Puritins This is Not the case

you asked Me what Sort of Songs or Intrest Abe took part in I will say this any thing that was Lively He Never would Sing any Religious Songs it apered to Me that it Did Not souit him But for a Man to preach a Sermond he would Listin to with great Attention

Did you find out from Richard Creal if He Lived on the place whare A. Lincoln was Born or Not I am gowing there in May to Visit my Birth place the 15th of May this is my Birth Day 1799 it has been 48 years Since

Any thing you want to No Let it cum

your friend
D. F. Hanks

My first School master was By the Name Warden taught School at the old Baptist church on Nolin Nere Brunks farm at the Big Spring Down in a Deepe hollow Close By the House

Library of Congress: Herndon-Weik Collection. Manuscript Division. Library of Congress. Washington, D.C. 2536 — 37; Huntington Library: LN2408, 1:267 — 69

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Wilson, Douglas L., ed.; Davis, Rodney O., ed.; Hanks, Dennis F. 'Dennis F. Hanks to William H. Herndon' in 'Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements About Abraham Lincoln' . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1998. [format: book], [genre: letter]. Permission: University of Illinois Press
Persistent link to this document: http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/file.php?file=herndon241.html
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